My Favorite Quilting Tools- Post 1

I decided to start a new mini series. I want to post up some of my favorite quilting tools. Today I am focusing on some quilting tools.  Today I was quilting feathered hearts onto this wedding ring quilt for a client.

ITEM 1: Since my hearts always end up lopsided so I decided to try out some Glow Edge Longarm Nested Hearts rulers by PMQuilting.com These turned out to be amazing. The outside works well to use as a ruler and the inside as a stencil. I used the inside of the 4″ because it was the perfect size. The color is also great. It can be used with the black light too.

ITEM 2: These water erasable fabric markers are my favorite. Thus far I have not had a single issue with getting it off a quilt. I used to spray the whole quilt down with a water bottle, but now I use my third item.

Dritz Water Erasable Fabric Marking Pen Bright Blue

ITEM 3: Sew Clean. This is a great non soapy way to remove the markings. It also has a great orange smell and is not very expensive. I saw this on someone’s webpage once and after using it have never stopped. It takes a while to go through one bottle, but then again I don’t do much marking on quilts.

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ITEM 4: This is a cheap applicator bottle with a stainless steel needle tip that I use to direct the Sew Clean onto only the lines I have drawn, as seen below.

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This was the quilt when it was finished.

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For my next posting I will compare the Quilter’s Planner and the Scrappy Project Planner.

2017 Q1 FAL #1 Beth’s Wedding Quilt

I have finished my first quilt for my 2017 Q1 Finish-A-Long 🙂

Here is Beth’s Wedding quilt. I started it at her wedding in 2013. It has almost been 4 years, but I got it done! My new room is so motivational and I’ve been accomplishing so much. I think most of it is I don’t want all this clutter in my beautiful room.

If you are reading this, sorry sis for taking so long.

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Here is a sneak peek on my next one. It is a gift so I can’t show it, yet.

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Yep, the boring back. I was given this one to do a right before Christmas of 2015. It will be nice to have it finished too. Also, yes there are both from today. I’m telling you; this basement is inspirational.

Small Wonders Lone Star Quilt

Most of my weekend was spent with my parents. I took them to breakfast in Holland, MI where I needed to drop off my quilts for the Holland Guild’s Red and White Quilt Challenge.  The  we went to Grand Rapids, Mi for the Fulton Street Farmers’ Market where there is a lady who sells wild mushrooms and my parents LOVE wild mushrooms. After that we went to Grand Haven, MI to walk down the channel and pier along the water. At the end of the pier we took some selfies.

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Me, my daddy (Doyle), my mama (Diana), and my husband, Jason.

Then on Sunday we went to the Allegan County Antique Market that occurs the last Sunday of every month from April to September. We found a beautiful piece of furniture that we wanted with a sewing machine base, but we had to say no. We are trying to finish our basement and something about money. *sadface* We have treadle bases as end tables in our living room, but this one was a long table that would fit perfectly behind our couch. The top of the table used 3 pieces of wood that were used to kneel on for praying. They were out of a local church. It was a very unique piece. It was a little bit of me(the treadle base) and a little bit of my husband (he is Catholic).

When we returned home my parents headed back to Ohio where they are from and I loaded my Lone Star Quilt. The fabrics are Mary Fons, Spring Creative Small Wonders India line. I have started quilting it with custom quilting. I am super excited to finish this. I’m just winging it on the quilting. IMG_20160626_205439

Weekend Catchup – A Little of This, A Little of That

This weekend I got a lot accomplished. I took my husband for Lasik eye surgery on Friday morning so I had the rest of the day to quilt. We also had nothing else planned for this weekend (thank goodness). The next two weekends we will have company. Summers fly by so quickly!

So this weekend I worked on 3 projects. The first was a few of the Splendid Sampler blocks. I am catching up on my longarm quilting so I will be able to catch up on my splendid sampler blocks. I finish the following blocks this weekend.

These blocks just needed to appliqued. I finished them by machine appliqueing. I used the raw edge method.

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Block 14: Flying High

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Bonus Block: Just For You

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Bonus Block: Easter

The next couple of blocks I picked out the fabrics and pieced them together.

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Block 35: The Wishful Garden

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Block 34: Lemonade

Then I worked on my La Passacaglia rosette. I was piecing it during my husband’s 3 hour surgery visit. I got the next layer on and it is becoming real. I’m starting to put together the stars for the next ring, now.

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Last, but not least, I finished my red and white wall quilt. I called it Freedom because when I look at it I feel peaceful and relaxed and well, free. The pattern is of my own design. The tree is made of 1/2″ finished half square triangles. I used a tree from the Primitive Gatherings Little Gatherings book. The flying geese are came from Pieces and Press Blog and I reused the paper pieced pattern. The quilting inspiration came from quiltingismytherapy.com’s blog.

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The little guy that you can’t see too well in this photo is a little kitten.He is trying to reach the elephant.

New Donation Quilt

In November when I went to the West Michigan Quilt Guild meeting, my mentor handed me a baby quilt top that would make a perfect top to practice quilting on. This top made me realize it is going to be a LONG while before I am willing to do any type of custom quilting on more than a practice piece or my own quilts. It doesn’t look too bad, but I am too much of a perfectionist to think it any better. I did the first three blocks of the quilt. I’ve decided I need a saddle stool to do this detail work. Standing for that long hanging over the quilt to do 3 squares is harsh on my back!

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